Second-look breast ultrasound spots occult lesions
November 5, 2018 -- Second-look breast ultrasound with volume navigation effectively detects occult additional lesions initially spotted via breast MRI, Italian researchers have found. In addition, the technique permits safe biopsies irrespective of position and depth.  Discuss
Study finds low reintervention rate for UAE of fibroids
October 31, 2018 -- Uterine artery embolization (UAE) is an effective alternative to surgery for treating women with leiomyomas, also known as fibroids, according to researchers from South Korea. The group found that only 10.4% of women required further interventions after an initial treatment.  Discuss
U.K. team confirms safety of weekly breast radiation therapy
October 25, 2018 -- A larger, weekly dose of radiation therapy has side effects that are comparable with those from conventional daily treatments for early-stage breast cancer, said U.K. researchers, who shared their findings on 21 October at the American Society for Radiation Oncology meeting in San Antonio, Texas.  Discuss
Swedish trial shows DBT detects more breast cancer
October 18, 2018 -- Digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) with a single view detects over a third more breast cancers than traditional mammography, a large Swedish study published on 12 October in Lancet Oncology has found. In addition, most of the breast cancers are invasive cancers.  Discuss
Italians find DBT + ABVS compares well with MRI
October 10, 2018 -- Italian researchers found that the combination of digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) and ultrasound automated breast volume scanning (ABVS) measured up well against breast MRI for staging breast cancer. The findings were published in the October issue of the European Journal of Radiology.  Discuss
Kuhl renews support for abbreviated breast MRI
October 9, 2018 -- Abbreviated breast MRI could be a viable alternative for population-wide screening if combined with dedicated MRI systems optimized for breast imaging and ones that ensure fast patient throughput, according to Dr. Christiane Kuhl.  Discuss
Dedicated breast PET falls short for BI-RADS 4 lesions
October 9, 2018 -- Spanish researchers testing a dedicated breast PET scanner found it had a high false-negative rate for detecting in situ carcinomas in women with BI-RADS 4 lesions. The finding raises questions about the suitability of the system for working up suspicious breast lesions, according to a 3 October study.
Breast MRI can identify lactating women's cancer
October 2, 2018 -- A woman presents with pregnancy-associated breast cancer: How do you image her? Despite high background parenchymal enhancement, MRI is appropriate and accurately spots satellite lesions, according to researchers from Tübingen, Germany. Breast MRI expert Dr. Christiane Kuhl is convinced the study has merit.  Discuss
Self-compression boosts women's mammography compliance
September 21, 2018 -- Allowing women some measure of control over breast compression at mammography doesn't reduce image quality or increase radiation dose -- and it may, in fact, encourage them to return for needed breast imaging, according to a French study published online on 14 September in the European Journal of Cancer.  Discuss
Breast screening critics Gotzsche, Welch lose positions
September 17, 2018 -- Last week was a bad one for opponents of breast cancer screening. On Saturday, prominent screening opponent Dr. Peter Gøtzsche was booted from the governing board of the Cochrane just days after screening skeptic Dr. H. Gilbert Welch resigned from Dartmouth College over plagiarism allegations.  Discuss